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5th Feb '16 8:26:38 PM BookReaderUSA
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The film received a fair amount of critical success, but did not merit a sequel. Even worse, when the Hulk next appeared in ''Film/TheAvengers'' alongside Film/IronMan, Film/{{Thor}} and [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]], he was [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] with Creator/MarkRuffalo, and no references were made to any of the events in this film. This left it's place within the MCU in limbo; it was easy to assume that Ruffalo's version of the character was a second reboot (lack of origin story notwithstanding). Its canonicity was finally reinforced when Hurt's version of General Ross was included in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''.
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The film received a fair amount of critical success, but did not merit a sequel. Even worse, when the Hulk next appeared in ''Film/TheAvengers'' alongside Film/IronMan, Film/{{Thor}} and [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]], he was [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] with Creator/MarkRuffalo, and no few references were made to any of the events in this film.film [[note]]Aside from a throwaway line said by Banner himself about he "broke Harlem" the last time he was in New York[[/note]].. This left it's place within the MCU in limbo; it was easy to assume that Ruffalo's version of the character was a second reboot (lack of origin story notwithstanding). Its canonicity was finally reinforced when Hurt's version of General Ross was included in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''.
5th Feb '16 11:45:00 AM slvstrChung
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The film received a fair amount of critical success. While it has yet to receive a sequel, the Hulk later appeared in ''Film/TheAvengers'' alongside Film/IronMan, Film/{{Thor}} and [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]] -- although Bruce is portrayed by [[TheOtherDarrin Mark Ruffalo]] instead of Edward Norton. Also, after eight years, William Hurt will be reprising his role as General Ross in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''.
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The film received a fair amount of critical success. While it has yet to receive success, but did not merit a sequel, sequel. Even worse, when the Hulk later next appeared in ''Film/TheAvengers'' alongside Film/IronMan, Film/{{Thor}} and [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]] -- although Bruce is portrayed by America]], he was [[TheOtherDarrin Mark Ruffalo]] instead recast]] with Creator/MarkRuffalo, and no references were made to any of Edward Norton. Also, after eight years, William Hurt will be reprising his role as the events in this film. This left it's place within the MCU in limbo; it was easy to assume that Ruffalo's version of the character was a second reboot (lack of origin story notwithstanding). Its canonicity was finally reinforced when Hurt's version of General Ross was included in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''.
16th Dec '15 10:37:57 AM erforce
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** Emil Blonsky's slow transformation, which is reminiscent of ''Film/TheFly.'' One scene especially, where you can see his spine protruding out of his back.
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** Emil Blonsky's slow transformation, which is reminiscent of ''Film/TheFly.''Film/TheFly1986.'' One scene especially, where you can see his spine protruding out of his back.
13th Dec '15 12:04:57 PM JamesAustin
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->''This summer, our only hope is something...[[TitleDrop Incredible]].'' -->--''{{Tagline}}''

'''''The Incredible Hulk''''' is a 2008 film based on the character of the same name; following the trend of rebooting a franchise rather than creating a sequel to an unpopular first effort, this film takes place in a different continuity from [[Film/{{Hulk}} the 2003 version]] and is part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
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\n'''''The ->''This summer, our only hope is something... Incredible.'' -->--'''{{Tagline}}''' ''The Incredible Hulk''''' Hulk'' is a 2008 film based on the character of the same name; following the trend of rebooting a franchise rather than creating a sequel to an unpopular first effort, this film takes place in a different continuity from [[Film/{{Hulk}} the 2003 version]] and is part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

** What was [[spoiler:Tony Stark]] after when he went to speak to General Ross? [[spoiler:The World Security Council wanted the Abomination on the Avengers. Stark was sent in the hopes he'd piss Ross off and cause him to refuse to release Blonsky to the team]], as revealed in [[Film/MarvelOneShots a short film included on]] the ''Film/{{Thor}}'' DVD.
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** What was [[spoiler:Tony Stark]] after when he went to speak to General Ross? [[spoiler:The World Security Council wanted the Abomination on the Avengers. Stark was sent in the hopes he'd piss Ross off and cause him to refuse to release Blonsky to the team]], as revealed in [[Film/MarvelOneShots a short film film]] included on]] on the ''Film/{{Thor}}'' DVD.

* AppropriatedAppellation: "Hulk" (coined during a news broadcast of the rampage at the college) and "Abomination" (never used to refer to the mutated Blonsky outside of a warning Sterns gives him before the actual mutation and a line from the SHIELD agents in "The Consultant").
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* AppropriatedAppellation: "Hulk" (coined during a news broadcast of the rampage at the college) and "Abomination" (never used to refer to the mutated Blonsky outside of a warning Sterns gives him before the actual mutation and a line from the SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in "The Consultant").''The Consultant'').
11th Dec '15 7:00:42 PM Tuckerscreator
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Conflicting edits.
** As a General in the Army, Ross should know that it's not considered appropriate to get [[DrowningMySorrows utterly smashed]] in a bar while in his Class A's. [[JustifiedTrope Of course]], as a General in the Army, ''who is going to stop him?'' (Well, he could be disciplined for it if the higher-ups discovered this, though the nature of his work means he'll probably get away with a lot of things).
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** As a General in the Army, Ross should know that it's not considered appropriate to get [[DrowningMySorrows utterly smashed]] in a bar while in his Class A's. [[JustifiedTrope Of course]], as a General in the Army, ''who is going to stop him?'' (Well, he could be disciplined for it if the higher-ups discovered this, though the nature of his work means he'll probably get away with a lot of things).
11th Dec '15 6:55:03 PM Fireblood
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The story takes place five years after the tragic accident which created the Hulk, glimpses of which are seen in the opening credits. Bruce Banner (Creator/EdwardNorton) has [[DiscontinuityNod taken refuge in South America]] as a worker at a bottling plant, where he keeps a low profile and works on controlling his anger in his spare time. When Bruce accidentally spills blood into one of the bottles, [[Creator/StanLee a man]] falls ill from Gamma poisoning, which is the clue General Ross (Creator/WilliamHurt) uses to track Banner down. Along for the ride is Emil Blonsky (Creator/TimRoth), who is destined to become one of the Hulk's deadliest foes: the Abomination.
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The story takes place five years after the tragic accident which created the Hulk, glimpses of which are seen in the opening credits. Bruce Banner (Creator/EdwardNorton) has [[DiscontinuityNod taken refuge in South America]] Brazil]] as a worker at a bottling plant, where he keeps a low profile and works on controlling his anger in his spare time. When Bruce accidentally spills blood into one of the bottles, [[Creator/StanLee a man]] falls ill from Gamma poisoning, poisoning by drinking it, which is the clue General Ross (Creator/WilliamHurt) uses to track Banner down. Along for the ride is Emil Blonsky (Creator/TimRoth), who is destined to become one of the Hulk's deadliest foes: the Abomination.

** The film's novelisation contains some implications of past [[AbusiveParents parental abuse]] for Bruce. For the most part, it's in the wording, but Bruce's first thought and instinct upon meeting Doc Samson is that Samson is going to punch him.
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** The film's novelisation novelization contains some implications of past [[AbusiveParents parental abuse]] for Bruce. For the most part, it's in the wording, but Bruce's first thought and instinct upon meeting Doc Samson is that Samson is going to punch him.

** As a General in the Army, Ross should know that it's not considered appropriate to get [[DrowningMySorrows utterly smashed]] in a bar while in his Class A's. [[JustifiedTrope Of course]], as a General in the Army, ''who is going to stop him?'' ** It's hard to know if General Ross ever heard of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_comitatus posse comitatus]]'', a law (Which has been in force for ''over a century'') that states that the US Military is explicitly prohibited from acting as a police unit, which is precisely what he is doing by declaring Banner to be a murderer (responsible for the deaths of two scientists, an Army officer, an Idaho state trooper and two hunters) and sending in Army units to arrest him (this is setting aside whether or not his declaring Banner to be government property violates the involuntary servitude section of the 13th Amendment). The NYPD would have been legally entitled (And technically required) to arrest him for trying to arrest Banner himself rather than leaving that job up to the local police or the FBI (and the same goes for the Culver University attempt to capture Banner). Not to mention the possibility for a diplomatic incident by sending a commando unit into Brazil, a friendly country which has had an active extradition agreement with the US for over 40 years to kidnap a fugitive without even trying to go through the proper extradition procedures.
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** As a General in the Army, Ross should know that it's not considered appropriate to get [[DrowningMySorrows utterly smashed]] in a bar while in his Class A's. [[JustifiedTrope Of course]], as a General in the Army, ''who is going to stop him?'' him?'' (Well, he could be disciplined for it if the higher-ups discovered this, though the nature of his work means he'll probably get away with a lot of things). ** It's hard to know if General Ross ever heard of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_comitatus posse comitatus]]'', a law (Which (which has been in force for ''over a century'') that states that the US Military is explicitly prohibited from acting as a police unit, which is precisely what he is doing by declaring Banner to be a murderer (responsible for the deaths of two scientists, an Army officer, an Idaho state trooper and two hunters) and sending in Army units to arrest him (this is setting aside whether or not his declaring Banner to be government property violates the involuntary servitude section of the 13th Amendment). The NYPD would have been legally entitled (And (and technically required) to arrest him for trying to arrest Banner himself rather than leaving that job up to the local police or the FBI (and the same goes for the Culver University attempt to capture Banner). Not to mention the possibility for a diplomatic incident by sending a commando unit into Brazil, a friendly country which has had an active extradition agreement with the US for over 40 years to kidnap a fugitive without even trying to go through the proper extradition procedures.

** Parodied when Bruce tries to warn some bullies not to make him angry, but his mediocre Portuguese leaves him saying "Don't make me hungry. You won't like me when I'm hungry. Wait, that doesn't sound right."
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** Parodied {{Parodied}} when Bruce tries to warn some bullies not to make him angry, but his mediocre Portuguese leaves him saying "Don't make me hungry. You won't like me when I'm hungry. Wait, that doesn't sound right."

* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Played with. The Hulk is called so very sparingly, with only Blonsky and the Hulk himself ever using it in a non-ironic fashion. Also, the Abomination is never directly called that, except for one off-handed remark by Samuel Sterns. General Ross is not referred to as "Thunderbolt" Ross, though a deleted scene has him referred to as "T" over the phone.
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* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Played with.{{Played with}}. The Hulk is called so very sparingly, with only Blonsky and the Hulk himself ever using it in a non-ironic fashion. Also, the Abomination is never directly called that, except for one off-handed off-hand remark by Samuel Sterns. General Ross is not referred to as "Thunderbolt" Ross, though a deleted scene has him referred to as "T" over the phone.

* DangerousPhlebotinumInteraction: Blonsky makes Sterns infuse him with [[spoiler:Bruce Banner's blood]] so he can gain the Hulk's power. Due to his own Super Soldier Serum reacting with it [[spoiler:he undergoes a one way transformation to the stronger (and uglier) Abomination]].
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* DangerousPhlebotinumInteraction: Blonsky makes Sterns infuse him with [[spoiler:Bruce Banner's blood]] so he can gain the Hulk's power. Due to his own Super Soldier Serum reacting with it [[spoiler:he undergoes a one way one-way transformation to the stronger (and uglier) Abomination]].

* EvilPlan: Ross wants to capure Banner and reverse engineer hulk blood for super soldiers. As the movie progresses, Blonsky's desire for an even fight with the Hulk overtakes this plan.
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* EvilPlan: Ross wants to capure capture Banner and reverse engineer hulk his blood for super soldiers. As the movie progresses, Blonsky's desire for an even fight with the Hulk overtakes this plan.

* FiveRoundsRapid: Lampshaded.
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* FiveRoundsRapid: Lampshaded.{{Lampshaded}}.

* IAmVeryBritish: Averted. Blonsky retains Tim Roth's Cockney accent.
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* IAmVeryBritish: Averted.{{Averted}}. Blonsky retains Tim Roth's Cockney accent.

* MagicPants: Justified, as Bruce specifically looks for pants that can stretch just in case. The Hulk's well-known purple shorts are [[MythologyGag given a nod]] when Betty brings Bruce a pair of purple sweats and answers his skeptical look by saying they're the stretchiest she could find.
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* MagicPants: Justified, [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as Bruce specifically looks for pants that can stretch just in case. The Hulk's well-known purple shorts are [[MythologyGag given a nod]] when Betty brings Bruce a pair of purple sweats and answers his skeptical look by saying they're the stretchiest she could find.

* MookHorrorShow: General Ross sends a special ops team to capture Bruce Banner, and a trio of bullies catch up to same at the same time and decide to teach him a lesson. They both fail. This occurs in a creepy, darkened bottling plant and includes such moments as two men being dragged into the shadows while screaming, the view through a soldier's night vision goggles an instant before they short out, tranquilliser darts bouncing off and then being crushed beneath the footfalls of a green rage monster, and everyone involved freaking right the hell out.
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* MookHorrorShow: General Ross sends a special ops team to capture Bruce Banner, and a trio of bullies catch up to same at the same time and decide to teach him a lesson. They both fail. This occurs in a creepy, darkened bottling plant and includes such moments as two men being dragged into the shadows while screaming, the view through a soldier's night vision goggles an instant before they short out, tranquilliser tranquilizer darts bouncing off and then being crushed beneath the footfalls of a green rage monster, and everyone involved freaking right the hell out.

** Earlier Banner mistranslates one of the Hulk's {{catchphrase}}s, "You won't like me when I'm... hungry?"
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** Earlier Banner mistranslates one of the Hulk's {{catchphrase}}s, {{catchphrase}}s: "You won't like me when I'm... hungry?"

** After Bruce [[spoiler: jumps out of the heli and realizes he can't HulkOut.]] ''"[[CurseCutShort SH-]]"''
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** After Bruce [[spoiler: jumps out of the heli helicopter and realizes he can't HulkOut.]] ''"[[CurseCutShort SH-]]"''

* SpiritualSuccessor: Originally, this movie could be seen as a straight-up sequel to the 2003 movie that simply changes/adjusts aspects of the backstory ala Evil Dead 2 or Superman Returns. For instance, it handwaves the opening as an inaccurate nightmare that Banner is having. However, as of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', the '03 movie is ''definitely'' out of continuity with this one because in that movie, Glenn Talbot died as well as being quite different in portrayal; his absence here could be given a {{Handwave}} before then, but now that he's appeared alive and well in the MCU there is no way to consider this anything more than a SpiritualSuccessor.
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Originally, this movie could be seen as a straight-up sequel to the 2003 movie that simply changes/adjusts aspects of the backstory ala a la Evil Dead 2 or Superman Returns. For instance, it handwaves the opening as an inaccurate nightmare that Banner is having. However, as of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', the '03 movie is ''definitely'' out of continuity with this one because in that movie, Glenn Talbot died as well as being quite different in portrayal; his absence here could be given a {{Handwave}} before then, but now that he's appeared alive and well in the MCU there is no way to consider this anything more than a SpiritualSuccessor.

* WorthyOpponent: Subverted. Emil Blonsky views the Hulk this way and goes out of his way to become strong enough to face him in combat but when he finally reaches that level in the end, he decides that Bruce doesn't deserve his power.
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* WorthyOpponent: Subverted.{{Subverted}}. Emil Blonsky views the Hulk this way and goes out of his way to become strong enough to face him in combat but when he finally reaches that level in the end, he decides that Bruce doesn't deserve his power.
4th Dec '15 6:33:24 PM Peridonyx
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Subverted by Samuel Sterns. In the comics, Sterns is one of the more diabolical villains in that universe, but Sterns is introduced in the film as an eccentric and careless but mostly harmless scientist who tries to cure Banner. [[spoiler: After attempting to cure Banner, we then see that Sterns has stockpiled and reproduced Banner's irradiated blood for experimenting. The last we see of him, he's beginning to undergo his transformation into the villainous Leader.]] Although he has yet to return to the films, the comic tie-in continues his story.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Subverted Played with by Samuel Sterns. In the comics, Sterns is one of the more diabolical villains in that universe, but Sterns is introduced in the film as an eccentric and careless but mostly harmless scientist who tries to cure Banner. [[spoiler: After attempting to cure Banner, we then see that Sterns has stockpiled and reproduced Banner's irradiated blood for experimenting. The last we see of him, he's beginning to undergo his transformation into the villainous Leader.]] Although he has yet to return to the films, the comic tie-in continues his story.
4th Dec '15 6:32:33 PM Peridonyx
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Sterns refused to help Blonsky until he actually threatened him. Hardly "voluntarily."
* AdaptationalHeroism: Subverted by Samuel Sterns. In the comics, Sterns is one of the more diabolical villains in that universe, but Sterns is introduced in the film as an eccentric and careless but mostly harmless scientist who tries to cure Banner. [[spoiler: After attempting to cure Banner, we then see that Sterns has stockpiled and reproduced Banner's irradiated blood for experimenting. He goes further downhill from there, voluntarily using his research to turn Emil Blonsky into the Abomination, before getting slammed into a counter and irradiated himself. The last we see of him, he's beginning to undergo his transformation into the villainous Leader.]] Although he has yet to return to the films, the comic tie-in continues his story.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Subverted by Samuel Sterns. In the comics, Sterns is one of the more diabolical villains in that universe, but Sterns is introduced in the film as an eccentric and careless but mostly harmless scientist who tries to cure Banner. [[spoiler: After attempting to cure Banner, we then see that Sterns has stockpiled and reproduced Banner's irradiated blood for experimenting. He goes further downhill from there, voluntarily using his research to turn Emil Blonsky into the Abomination, before getting slammed into a counter and irradiated himself. The last we see of him, he's beginning to undergo his transformation into the villainous Leader.]] Although he has yet to return to the films, the comic tie-in continues his story.
7th Nov '15 10:15:39 PM nombretomado
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** Blonsky's slide into madness after taking the serum mirrors that of the 1950s Captain America. In fact, since the ''Captain America'' movie is in the same continuity as this one, it's entirely possible that the serum that is given to Blonsky is precisely the same one. It's stated in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' that the super serum strengthens the user's main personality traits. For Cap, it was his heroism, for RedSkull, it was his evilness, and for Blonsky, it was his [[BloodKnight love of fighting]]. This is confirmed in ''Film/TheAvengers'', where it's also mentioned that Bruce's accident was the result of attempting to recreate Erskine's work by using gamma radiation instead. It's possible therefore in this continuity, Banner also took a version of the serum which brought out his repressed anger.
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** Blonsky's slide into madness after taking the serum mirrors that of the 1950s Captain America. In fact, since the ''Captain America'' movie is in the same continuity as this one, it's entirely possible that the serum that is given to Blonsky is precisely the same one. It's stated in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' that the super serum strengthens the user's main personality traits. For Cap, it was his heroism, for RedSkull, ComicBook/RedSkull, it was his evilness, and for Blonsky, it was his [[BloodKnight love of fighting]]. This is confirmed in ''Film/TheAvengers'', where it's also mentioned that Bruce's accident was the result of attempting to recreate Erskine's work by using gamma radiation instead. It's possible therefore in this continuity, Banner also took a version of the serum which brought out his repressed anger.
4th Nov '15 5:26:59 PM nombretomado
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*** The other student being interviewed is Jim Wilson, the Hulk's former KidSidekick and TheFalcon's nephew.
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*** The other student being interviewed is Jim Wilson, the Hulk's former KidSidekick and TheFalcon's ComicBook/TheFalcon's nephew.
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